Laura Bennett! She was an alternate in 2000 and 2004, but, after being the first American to cross the finish line in today's Beijing triathlon, she is guaranteed a spot on the Olympic team in 2008.
Bennett's comments: “It feels pretty awesome. It was a long time coming but it feels good to be here finally."
Tomorrow we will find out the first male member of the triathlon team, as the men run their qualifying triathlon September 16 in Beijing.